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$628 million for universities in Queensland in 1995

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H igher E ducation and E mployment S ervices B95c T H E H O N . P E T έ R B A L D W I N M . P . 17/12/92


Queensland universities will receive $628 million in Commonwealth Government operating grants to fund an additional 1,795 places in 199p. This will bring the total number of funded places created in Queensland over 1993-95 to 7j,195.

Peter Baldwin, the Minister for Higher Education and Employment Services today announced details of higher education funding for the 1993-95 biennium, including the Government's new Open Learning program which will provide access to university for thousands of additional students over the coming years. ;

The funding for Queensland forms part of a total package of $4.8 billion which the Commonwealth Government is providing to Australian universities for 1995. This amount represents an increase of $557 million in real terms over the funds provided for 1992.

Included in the package is $76 million which will be available from 1994 to universities to • recognise effective quality assurance practices and $51 million over three years for the Government's Open Learning Initiative. I '

"Institutions serving Queensland students continue to receive an above average share of the growth in higher education places. This reflects the Government's policy of correcting historical imbalances in the regional provision of higher education opportunities.

"As a consequence, Queensland's higher education participation rate is expected to approach the national average in 1993, and maintained at that level in subsequent years.

"In fact, only one State - Victoria - has a higher level of participation in higher education than Queensland," Mr Baldwin said.

Under capital funding arrangements for Australian universities, institutions in Queensland will benefit from $46.8 million in 1994 and $46.5 million in 1995, channelled through the annual operating grants.

The Government's decision to dispense with the requirement for universities to submit detailed capital proposals (for renovations and new buildings & facilities) gives universities flexibility to allocate funds to projects they regard as top priority.

"This is a major reform which will enhance institutional autonomy and place the responsibility for resource management decisions more fully in the hands of universities," Mr Baldwin said.

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In announcing details of the funding, Mr Baldwin said that the allocations showed the high priority given by the Government to expanding higher education opportunities, especially in regions of significant demographic growth where high demand for places exists.

"James Cook University and the Queensland University of Technology will receive $3 million in 1994 and $6.5 million in 1995 to develop new campuses at Cairns and on the Sunshine CoasLrespectively," Mr Baldwin said.

Mr Baldwin commented that the new campuses, linked closely with TAPE, embody the Government's policy of establishing closer links between the various types of post-compulsory education and improving the quality and variety of pathways to post-school education.

The University of Central Queensland will also receive $3 million in 1994 to assist in relocating its engineering faculty from Rockhampton to Gladstone.

The Minister said that the initiatives and funding announced today reflect the Government's continuing commitment to quality, diversity and broadening of access. .

"Funding and development for the new triennium build upon the Government's recognised achievements of growth and equity in participation," he said.

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